Farmington, Minnesota

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Home Occupation Permit

About Home Occupation Businesses

The city of Farmington Zoning Ordinance permits the conduct of businesses in residential districts. The standards for home occupations are intended to seek a balance between supporting a quiet, safe, and aesthetic residential environment while supporting the aspirations of home-based entrepreneurs. Operating a home business requires approval by the Farmington Planning Commission. A home occupation is a business or commercial activity that is conducted from a single-family attached or detached dwelling, duplex, apartment, or mobile home and is clearly incidental to the residential use of the dwelling. A Conditional Use Permit is required for a home occupation. All home occupations must conform to the Farmington City Code. Examples of Home Occupations include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Handicrafts
  • Home offices
  • Teaching music, dance, art to only one person at a time
  • Home beauty salon/barber with no more than one chair or work station
  • Photography
  • Telemarketing

Review of home occupations by the city of Farmington helps to maintain property values by ensuring that the location and type of business does not adversely affect the character of a residential neighborhood. Anyone who runs a business from their home within the city limits of Farmington is required to have a valid Conditional Use Permit for a Home Occupation.

The permit costs $200 for the city application and $46 paid to Dakota County for recording fees.

A home occupation is permitted (Section 10-6-2) as an accessory use if it complies with the requirements of Section 10-3-5 following all procedures outlined for approval of a conditional use.

(A) The home occupation needs to be conducted solely and entirely by persons who reside full time in the home.

(B) The home occupation needs to be conducted wholly within the principal or accessory structures.

(C) No structural alterations or enlargements can be made for the sole purpose of conducting a home occupation.

(D) Only one home occupation is permitted for each principal structure.

(E) Exterior displays or signs other than a two (2) sided, two (2) square foot, non-illuminated sign and exterior storage of materials and exterior indication of the home occupation or variation from the residential character of the principal structure are not be permitted.

(F) The activity does not involve the manufacture, assembly, or distribution of goods and the activity does not deal with the general retail public.

An application is linked for your convenience.  The application requires a brief written statement describing the proposed home occupation. The description should include information such as the type of business, equipment used, operating hours, and the average number of people per day to come to the home for products or services.

Also, explain any problems or conflicts the business may have with the home occupation requirements or criteria.

Upon submittal of the application, the Planning Department staff will put together a list of individuals who live within 350 feet of the proposed business to notify them of a public hearing at the Planning Commission (meets second Tuesday of the month). An application submittal is due three weeks before the Planning Commission meeting.


Contact the Planning Manager, Tony Wippler at 651-280-6822. Staff is available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday except on holidays.